The English Stage of To-Day

The English Stage of To-Day

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The English Stage of To-Day

The English Stage of To-Day

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In the work of translating and presenting this study of its contemporary drama to the British public I have had a double gratification—first in my own study and enjoyment of a work whose importance, as a very brilliant and comprehensive study of its subject, was at once recognized both in England and Italy, when it was published last year in Milan ; and next, because it seems to me to lend a really effective helping hand to a movement in which many of us— more perhaps than is often imagined—are keenly interested.

For Dr.Borsa when he complains, in his first pages, of the lack among us of a " good prose drama," when he chronicles his own regrets and those of intelligent and interested foreign critics—such, for instance, as M. Auguste Filon—at this want in our national life, yet comes to admit later on in his own pages, and to admit with sympathetic interest and approval, the many efforts, sometimes tentative as yet, but enthusiastic, many-sided, and often crowned with (even commercial) success, which are being made at this moment in our midst to meet that want.

" His book "—said Mr.William Archer, speaking of the first Italian edition—" presents not only a wide but a minute survey of the Stageland of to-day and . . .

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